New Faculty

New Faculty (last name N-Z)

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Amy Olsen, Lecturer, School of Health and Applied Human Sciences
B.A.: Eastern Kentucky University
M.S.: Northern Arizona University
Fun fact:
I have a sheepadoodle - the name alone makes me laugh. He brings joy, laughter and lots of cuddles into the Olsen household.


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Symphony Oxendine, Assistant Professor of Higher Education, Department of Educational Leadership, Watson College of Education
B.A.: Oklahoma State University
M.Ed.: University of North Carolina Greensboro
Ph.D.: University of North Carolina Greensboro
Fun fact:
I love to watch and listen to Christmas movies and music year-round.


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Mark Pelletier, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Cameron School of Business
B.S.B.A.: University of Nevada Las Vegas
M.B.A.: University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Ph.D.: Mississippi State University
Fun fact:

My wife and I are huge Disney World fans.


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Annemarie K. Petroff, Lecturer, Clinical Research, College of Health and Human Services
B.S.: University of Delaware
M.S.: East Stroudsburg University 
Fun fact:
Some things I appreciate: a sense of humor, gratitude, curiosity, teamwork, hustle, coffee, the Olympics, yoga, IMAX movies, Sunday Funday, good directions, fonts, cupcakes, upholstery and textiles, travel, sincerity, empathy, dogs, photography...and more.


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Anup Phayal, Assistant Professor, Department of Public and International Affairs
B.A.: Tribhuvan University
M.S.: London School of Economics
Ph.D.: University of Kentucky
Post-doctoral research: University of Tennessee
Fun fact:
I like running and spending time with my family.


PhotoSergi Rivero-Navarro, Assistant Professor, World Languages and Cultures
B.A.: Universitat de Barcelona
M.A.: San Diego State University
Ph.D.: Harvard University
Fun fact:
F.C. Barcelona soccer team fan. Real Madrid supporters, vade retro!


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Kerry K. Robinson, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Watson College of Education
B.A.: Michigan State University
M.A.: Kean University 
Administrative Certification: Virginia State University
Ph.D.: Virginia Commonwealth University
Fun fact:
I enjoy yoga, reading, travel and spending time with family and friends.


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Meghan Rogers, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology
B.A.: University of Illinois
M.A.: University of Missouri-St. Louis
M.S.: Indiana University Bloomington
Ph.D.: Indiana University Bloomington
Fun fact:
I enjoy watching English Premier League soccer and support Manchester United.


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Scott J. Saccomano, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
B.A.: Adelphi University
B.S.N.: City College of New York
M.S.N.: Hunter College
Post-Masters Certificate: New York University
Ph.D.: Seton Hall University
Fun fact:
I enjoy spending time on, in or under the water.


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Angie Sardina, Assistant Professor of Recreation Therapy, School of Health and Applied Human Sciences
B.S.: Florida Gulf Coast University
M.S.: University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Ph.D.: University of South Florida
Fun fact:
I enjoy playing softball and basketball, kayaking and fishing, spending time with family and friends, traveling, and going to the beach.


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Nathan Saunders, Associate Director for Library Specialized Collections, William Madison Randall Library
B.A.: University of South Carolina
M.A.: Duke University
M.Div.: Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
M.A.: University of South Carolina
Ph.D.: University of South Carolina
Fun fact:
I enjoy listening to all types of music and going to the beach with my family.


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Eva Sclippa, First-Year Engagement Librarian, Randall Library
B.A.: Furman University
M.A.: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
MLS: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Fun fact:
I enjoy several kinds of dancing, including swing dancing, salsa and contra dancing –which I've been doing for the last 16 years. I also sometimes fire dance with specially made props. My art history specialty is medieval illuminated manuscripts and I create my own illuminated/illustrated initials.


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Lorie Sigmon, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
B.S.N.: West Virginia University
M.S.N./F.N.P.: University of Tampa
DNP: Waynesburg University
Fun fact:
I am a rabid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and my son’s soccer team!


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Yang Song, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science
B.S.: Beijing Institute of Technology
M.S.: Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications
Ph.D.: NC State University
Fun fact:
I’m a fisherman and photographer in my spare time, plus, I love sparkling water!


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Jackson P. Spradley, Lecturer, Department of Biology and Marine Biology
B.A.: University of Arkansas
Ph.D.: Duke University
Fun fact:
I spend much of my spare time watching and playing soccer, as well as hanging with my wife and dog.


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James Stocker, Assistant Professor, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy, & Special Education, Watson College of Education
Ph.D.: The Pennsylvania State University 
Fun fact:
I enjoy music, playing guitar and the beautiful outdoors in and around Wilmington.


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Dominic Talanca, Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Bands, Department of Music
B.M.E.: University of North Texas
M.M.: University of North Texas
D.M.A. (in progress): Northwestern University
Fun fact:
When I was in high school, I went through a series of tests, was named “Cashier of the Year” for Winn-Dixie Grocery Stores, and was on the cover of Winn-Dixie Times...nobody will ever find that issue!


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Nicole Tekulve, Associate Director Library User Experience for Access and Spaces
B.A.: Middle Tennessee State University 
MLIS: Florida State University
Fun fact:
I collect anything from the 1950s and 60s including vintage clothes and furniture. I love going to thrift and antique stores.


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Eric J. Tessier, Lecturer of French, Department of World Languages and Cultures
Associate’s Degree: Université de Haute-Bretagne, Rennes II, France
M.A.: Université de Haute-Bretagne, Rennes II, France
Graduate Studies (Master’s Level): University of North Carolina Greensboro and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Fun fact:
I would love to start a band with my spouse and kids (vocals in English, French, Breton, with guitar, ukulele and piano).


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Amy Van de Motter, Lecturer, School of Social Work
B.A.: University of North Carolina Wilmington
M.S.W.: University of North Carolina Wilmington 
Fun fact:
I've moved around quite a bit, but continue to find myself drawn back to the North Carolina coast. Also, I have the sweet tooth of a toddler.


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Jordan A. Weber, Lecturer of Physical and Health Education, School of Health and Applied Human Sciences
B.S.: SUNY Brockport
M.Ed.: East Carolina University
Ed.D.: Expected from UNCW
Fun fact:
My wife and I love to be outside and near the water. I also like to sit quietly and do nothing. In my free time, I like to paint and read Zen literature. My favorite thing to do is to practice yoga and weight train.


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Allison E. Witman, Assistant Professor of Economics, Cameron School of Business
B.S.: Westminster College
M.A.: University of California Santa Barbara
Ph.D.: University of California Santa Barbara
Fun fact:
I am originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, and love to hike, bike and do yoga in my free time.

 


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Andrew Woolum, Assistant Professor, Department of Management; Cameron School of Business
B.A.: Clemson University
B.S.: Clemson University
M.A.: University of Florida
M.S.: University of Florida
Ph.D.: University of Florida
Fun fact:
I did not want to go to college.